The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center was established as part of the USDA Forest Service's program under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and is part of a network of early warning activities established by the Forest Service nationwide.The mission of the Eastern Threat Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly. Center staff members are located in Asheville and Research Triangle Park, NC, and have regional, national, and international responsibilities.
Objectives of the Center
- Evaluate the effects and consequences of multiple interacting stresses on eastern forest health;
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the risks, uncertainties, and/or benefits of multiple environmental stresses on eastern ecological conditions and socioeconomic values;
- Provide science-based decision support tools for policy formulation and land management in the eastern United States; and
- Provide land managers with credible predictions of potential severe disturbance in the East with sufficient warning to take preventative actions.